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Lenovo's 64-bit Vibe Z2 come with a 5.5" 720p display

Lenovo has given the U.S. the cold shoulder when it comes to smartphone — we’ll just have to rely on its Motorola division — but that isn’t stopping the company from releasing fresh new models for the rest of the world.
The Chinese OEM today announced the Vibe 2, which is its first smartphone to feature a 64-bit processor. The smartphone makes use of a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 32GB of internal storage, dual SIM slots, LTE connectivity, and a plentiful 3000 mAh battery.
A 13MP unit on the rear of the device and an 8MP unit on the front handle camera duties. The “selfie” wars are heating up with Sony touting its 5MP “PROselfie” camera on the Xperia C3, but it seems as though Lenovo ready to take on the competition on this front.

But while the 64-bit processor, cameras, and large battery are quite impressive; things take a turn for the worse when it comes to the screen that Lenovo has put on the Vibe Z2. The generous 5.5” display is saddled with a resolution of 1280x720. We’re not asking for Lenovo to go all out with a QHD display — as seen on the Z2 Pro — but we don’t think that a 1080p display is too much to ask for in this device.
Lenovo says that the Vibe 2 will launch in China with an MSRP of $399. The Chinese launch will be shortly followed by arrival in the Asia Pacific region, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.
Switching gears to convertible devices, Lenovo has unveiled a cheaper, thinner, and lighter version of its ThinkPad Helix tablet/laptop hybrid. In an effort to ease complaints about the previous generation device, Lenovo has made the updated Helix 15 percent thinner while still retaining the 11.6”, 1008p display. The device now weighs 2.98 pounds with the standard keyboard dock versus 3.68 pounds for the previous generation.

Lenovo is also switching to Intel’s new Core M processors for the Helix range, which allows it to go fanless. The move away from existing Core i5/i7 processors will also make the Helix capable of topping 12 hours of runtime per charge with the keyboard dock, which is up from the current model’s 10-hour rating.

Most importantly, Lenovo has managed to dramatically reduce the price of the Helix, as the starting price has dropped from $1,499 to $999 with the standard keyboard dock. The Helix will launch next month, while a pro keyboard, which will boost runtimes even further, will launch in January.

Source: Lenovo

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Shrink that phone down.
By quiksilvr on 9/4/2014 11:29:14 AM , Rating: 2
There is no reason to make the screen that huge. I would have preferred a 4.5"-5" phone. If you're going to go that big, you got to increase that resolution.

RE: Shrink that phone down.
By retrospooty on 9/4/2014 1:01:58 PM , Rating: 2
Sure there is... That is what is selling, and that is what most people want. That is a huge reason.

RE: Shrink that phone down.
By retrospooty on 9/4/2014 1:02:48 PM , Rating: 2
edit... ick the res sucks though.

RE: Shrink that phone down.
By semo on 9/4/2014 5:18:28 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe most people prefer smaller phones but have no choice because all the good ones are huge.

RE: Shrink that phone down.
By p3ngwin on 9/4/2014 6:39:28 PM , Rating: 2
so let's get this straight "most people prefer smaller phones" and the industry decided not to market to the common denominator ?

the market literally ignored the sales of the common demographic ?

how do you think such a thing ?

RE: Shrink that phone down.
By retrospooty on 9/5/2014 9:57:21 AM , Rating: 2
Surely some people do prefer smaller phones, but most want larger and larger as time goes by. That is why OEM's are making 5" and larger phones. Even Moto, that did extensive studies and found that 4.5-4.8 inches was the perfect fit for most people and modeled the MotoX after that found out that even though that size may be perfect for form and fit, people are sacrificing form and fit for a larger screen... Now the Moto X2 is 5.2 inches. Even Apple is going 4.7 and 5.5 for the new lineup.

Why? Because with all the great things you can do with todays smartphones (any platform) it's a waste to lose functionality and usability due to a small screen.

There are still options in the 4.5 to 4.8 range. IF they were selling well, more OEM's would make it.

Nice... I like this Helix
By retrospooty on 9/4/2014 10:54:04 AM , Rating: 2
It's not the prettiest convertible by far, but the solid kb gives it a huge edge over Surface Pro IMO. That and these upcoming 14nm broadwell chips look sweet.

By ie5x on 9/5/2014 4:32:01 AM , Rating: 2
The stylus holder looks really ugly there...

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